Researcher Profile

Vania Prado

Vania Prado

Professor

BMI Associate Member

Department(s):
Physiology & Pharmacology, Anatomy & Cell Biology

Publications:

Associated Websites:

Vania Prado

Contact Information:

vprado@robarts.ca
(519) 663-5777 x24889
RRI 3286A

Research Areas

Cell/molecular neuroscience

Clinical neuroscience

Cognition and behaviour

Development and aging

Motivation, emotion and arousal

Perception and action

Profile

Dr. Vania Prado’s main interest is the cholinergic system. Altered release of the cholinergic transmitter acetylcholine seems to underlie some of the cognitive and behavioural deficits observed in patients with age-related dementia. She has generated a collection of genetically modified mice to test the role of cholinergic transporters for maintaining synthesis and storage of acetylcholine in nerve terminals. The aim of this research is to test the possibility of using cholinergic transporters as drug targets to improve acetylcholine release, an important therapeutic approach in dementia (such as Alzheimer’s, Huntington’s and Parkinson’s disease), myasthenia and other disturbances of the cholinergic system.